Even more impressively, the 29-year-old Kazmir (2-1, 4.87 ERA) threw 72 of 103 pitches for strikes over six innings.
As the American League strikeout king in 2007, Cleveland (18-14) signed Kazmir to a minor league contract in December and Indians manager Terry Francona has raved about the cooled flamethrower ever since.
A two-time All-Star selection who is 68-62 with a 4.19 ERA since debuting as a professional with Tampa Bay in August 2004, Kazmir will be an interesting player for Indians fans to watch throughout the spring and into the summer months.
Considering the faded ace is still relatively young, don’t be shocked if a revitalized Kazmir earns the Comeback Player of the Year award as Cleveland’s fifth starter.
Most importantly, employed by an organization that hasn’t captured a World Series title since 1948, Scott Kazmir should also help the Cleveland Indians contend for an unlikely playoff spot as a Wild Card this autumn.by